How to Apply for a Local Job Online

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It's no longer necessary to go out and pound the pavement in search of a local job. The Internet has made it easy to apply for jobs from home. Applying for local jobs, however, must be done the right way or applicants risk being rejected before they are given a chance.

  • Look for job sites that arrange jobs by geographic areas. Job sites make it much easier to find many different local jobs all in one place. This can save a great deal of time in searching for a job. It can also make it easier to apply for jobs online because the larger jobs sites store your resume in their database and allow you to automatically access it and attach it to your application. Monster.com and careerbuilder.com each have over a million jobs to choose from and both allow you to store a resume and apply for jobs quickly.

  • Read the application directions thoroughly. Every application for a local job will be slightly different. Most will ask you for your educational background and your work history. Some will ask for a salary history. Others will ask for a portfolio of samples or professional references. Be sure to enter everything the application asks for.

  • Find more local job opportunities by going to the individual websites of the companies you're interested in and the website of the local newspaper. Company websites will have a page labeled either Jobs or Careers. Go to that page to see what jobs are currently available.

  • Proofread everything you send in. Errors in spelling or grammar will make you look like a much less professional candidate than someone with a more polished application. Read over everything out loud to help you identify anything that simply sounds wrong. This can be a more effective way to find an error than skimming the words silently.

  • Email a few local companies if you are unable to find enough job opportunities being advertised. There may be a few companies that have openings they have not yet advertised. If you look through the websites of local companies, there will be an email address to contact someone at the company. Use this to send a resume and to ask about current or future openings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never give too much personal information in a job application. You should not be asked your social security number in an online application.

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